On Wednesday, "Good Morning America" revealed the professional dancers for season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars." Four of the beloved professional dancers were present: Cheryl Burke, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff and Tony Dovolani. They helped reveal the remaining dancers who were not present.
Returning to the ballroom are also Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Emma Slater, Peta Murgatroyd, and the only five-time champion and fan favorite, Derek Hough. It is a good thing that Emma is returning since she did not get much air time last season. She was partnered with Billy Dee Williams who withdrew in the third week because of back problems.
Three newcomers will be on the popular dance show this season: Artem Chigvintsev, Allison Holker, and for the first time a South African, Keoikantse "Keo" Motsepe.
According to an announcement, the partners of the pros will be revealed live on "Good Morning America" on Sept. 4. The two-hour premiere is on Sept. 15, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, season 18 winner with Olympian Meryl Davis, will not be returning. He said last month that he was retiring from "Dancing With the Stars." However, we just might see him sitting at the judges' table because head judge Len Goodman will not be there half the time.
Let's learn something about the three newcomers before the season starts. Allison Holker, 26, is most famous for her work on “So You Think You Can Dance.” She started her dance training at only four years old at “The Dance Club” studio in Orem, Utah which is the same studio where Derek Hough began his dance training. She began teaching there when she was 16. She starred in "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2."
Artem Chigvintsev, 32, is a newcomer, but he danced last year with the troupe. He is a Russian professional dancer, specializing in Latin dancing. He moved to the United States in 2003, and began dancing with champion ballroom dancer Giselle Peacock, who became his wife. He toured with the "Dancing With the Stars" live show though he is probably best known for competing on "Strictly Come Dancing." Chigvintsev joined the cast of "Burn The Floor."
Keoikantse "Keo" Motsepe, 24, was an undefeated South African Latin American Champion in every age category for eight years. His formal dance training includes Latin American, Ballroom and Contemporary. He has performed on "South African Idol" and in the highly acclaimed popular dance show “Burn The Floor.” You can read more about Keoikantse at Afridiziak.